Amphetamine addiction is a powerful physical and psychological disease that is extremely difficult to overcome. With the proper treatment, and consistent aftercare, millions of people have overcome this deadly dependency, but there is always a risk of relapse. The following steps can help a recovering amphetamine addict prepare to prevent devastating relapse.
Receive Comprehensive Emotional and Physical Rehabilitation
Many people resist inpatient amphetamine rehab for a variety of reasons. The truth is, however, that this kind of intensive and comprehensive treatment is often required for recovery to last. Millions have quit using amphetamine for an extended time, endured the misery of relapse and believed that they had overcome the disease. A short-lived euphoria of overconfidence often follows self-managed detox, only to be followed by heart breaking and life-threatening relapse. This is because as strong as the physical aspects of amphetamine addiction are, it is the underlying psychological nature of the disorder – as well as the presence of co-occurring mental disorders such as depression, anxiety or personality issues, that really drive the disease.
Specially designed, residential amphetamine treatment programs allow the addict to focus all energy and attention on healing and personal growth in a comfortable and encouraging environment far removed from the temptations, stresses and triggers of daily life. These programs help to build understanding, confidence, self-awareness and strategic coping skills with the following therapeutic tools:
- Personal and group counseling sessions
- Expression exercises
- Yoga, meditation, acupuncture, massage
- Invigorating and stimulating exercises and experiences
- Family counseling sessions when appropriate
- Preparation for life after treatment
The most successful modern amphetamine treatment programs go to great lengths to identify all of the underlying emotional and psychological issues that affect their clients and then work in individually appropriate ways to bring healing and growth to those areas.
Find Top-Notch Amphetamine Aftercare
Following residential treatment it is critical for recovering addicts to take advantage of all aftercare services. It is very common for patients leaving rehab to feel overconfident in their ability to stay clean. The following ongoing care tools can really be the difference between continued sobriety and relapse:
- Ongoing individual counseling
- Support group meetings (12-Step or other)
- One-on-one accountability with a sobriety coach or sponsor
- Finding opportunities to help others in their recovery
- Engaging in affirming, positive, healthy, activities and experiences
- Ongoing, voluntary drug-testing
Although the physical aspects of amphetamine addition tend to fade in a matter of weeks or months, the psychological elements can haunt a person for years. Some people stay involved with relapse prevention recovery support for the rest of their lives. Many people form close friendships in these programs and come to enjoy the support and affection they experience there.
Prepare For Temptation and Plan Your Response
The simple truth is that no matter how excellent your rehab experience has been so far, you will face temptation to relapse at some point in the future. Instead of telling yourself that you have beaten the disease it is far more effective to accept that relapse is still a possibility, to plan for it, and to prepare in advance how you will respond when temptation comes. Consider the different life experiences that might cause you to relapse (broken relationships, work stress, physical injury, etc) and then prepare an “action plan” that includes calling your sponsor, surrounding yourself with loved ones and working through the skills you developed in treatment.
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